Brianne Ries, assistant editor
Sophomore Sallie Katter’s and senior Kasey Kuenzli’s season ended during the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships May 18 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.
Going into the championships with a record of 16-4, Katter and Kuenzli could not capture a win against sophomore Lauren Caire and junior Katie Tabb of Washington and Lee University, losing 6-1, 6-2. Caire and Tabb fell during day two of the quarterfinals to senior Amy Staloch and freshman Jennifer Chui of Carnegie Mellon University, ending their season with a 28-1 record.
“We knew what to expect,” Katter said. “They just hit it harder, they’re more consistent and that’s not really something we could have prepared ourselves for.”
Kuenzli and Katter were awarded with NWC All-Star recognition. Katter, along with senior Kelli Sides, were awarded second team honors, and Kuenzli was awarded first team honors.
“The whole experience, for me, as a sophomore at least, and still having two more years, it was really motivational to see these that I can take advantage of if I am willing to put the time and work in to improve my game,” Katter said.
The women’s championships ended with sophomore Brittany Berckes and senior Alicia Menezes of Amherst College walking away with the title for the second consecutive year.